Apple reworks iWork for iPad

Consumer Reports News: January 27, 2010 02:18 PM

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All new versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers have been created for the iPad. (Each costs $9.99.)

Keynote provides templates for slideshow presentations that you access by tapping, including tables and charts. You move slides from one place in the presentation to another by dragging and dropping with your finger. Resize and rotate images with finger gestures. Tap or swipe to change slides during a presentation.

The word processor, Pages, brings up a keyboard with a tap. The keyboard can be enlarged or made smaller. You can scroll through multi-page documents with previews of each page, and when you move a graphic the text automatically and seamlessly rewraps.

Numbers lets you store a number of spreadsheets in one document using tabs at the top of a page. Tapping and dragging lets you move columns with your fingers. Calculations are also done with taps, and when you double-tap, a numeric data-entry keyboard pops up, or you can call up a formula/function keypad, text, or others.

—Donna Tapellini

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